In 1883, a Requisition for a certified copy of birth for the purposes of the Elementary Education Act, 1876 was made for a youth born in 1872. Given he was 11, would the request have been for Elementary Education or Employment of Labour of a Child? What resources could I consult, to follow this up?
Given the overlapping impact of the Factory Act of 1833 and the Elementary Education Act 1876, it is possible that the certificate would serve both purposes. It would show that he could be employed (because he was over 8) and that he was to continue to receive (part-time) education (since he was under 14).
The following comes from an archived discussion concerning The Elementary Education Act 1876 Birth Certificate at http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?PHPSESSID=vptvs8lpum7iehkieenjil46o6&action=printpage;topic=323992.0.
I am unable to confirm the truth of the (claimed) source in "Instructions to Registration Officers". Any searches made on the phrases in the list seem to lead back to the same person (but no "proof").